At the 2010 National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium in Portland, Maine a group of participants agreed to establish an organization as a way to create a community of practice around issues associated with our nation’s working waterfronts. In 2012, the group formalized the National Working Waterfront Network, created an Executive Committee and adopted Operating Procedures that set forth, among other things, the NWWN’s mission and organizational objectives, and a governance structure that involves national and regional representation as well as committees and subcommittees.
The network engages in the following activities:
Other accomplishments by the organization and its members include a wide range of outreach and educational activities promoting working waterfronts. Areas of efforts include development of policy positions in support of working waterfronts, analyses of state legislative efforts to support working waterfronts, exploration of a pro-bono legal network to support working waterfronts and annual presentations about working waterfront issues at numerous conferences nationwide.